Joseph R. Fornieri
Joseph R. Fornieri
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty
801, Ashbrook Center
Joseph R. Fornieri
Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty


Joseph R. Fornieri is Professor of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  He is the author of Abraham Lincoln’s Political Faith (2005), an acclaimed scholarly work that explores Lincoln’s religion and politics. He is also the author or editor of three other books on Abraham Lincoln’s political thought and statesmanship: The Language of Liberty: The Political Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln (2003; revised ed. 2009); (with Kenneth L. Deutsch) Lincoln’s American Dream: Clashing Political Perspectives (2005); and (with Sara V. Gabbard) Lincoln’s America, 1809-1865 (2008). In addition, Fornieri has co-edited (with Kenneth L. Deutsch) An Invitation to Political Thought (2009), an introductory text to the classic political thinkers of the Western tradition from Plato to Nietzsche. At RIT he teaches courses on American politics, political philosophy, and constitutional rights and liberties.

Research Areas

Abraham Lincoln


PhD, The Catholic University of America
MA, Boston College
BA, State University of New York at Geneseo

Courses Taught

AHG 503 - Sectionalism and Civil War
AHG 608 - Civil War and Reconstruction
AHG 643 - The First Amendment
AHG 660- Free Speech in War, Hate, and on Campus